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In Through the Out Door is the eighth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin and their last album to be released during their career. It was recorded over a three-week period in November and December 1978 at ABBA's Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, and released by Swan Song Records on 15 August 1979. In Through the Out Door was the band's eighth and final studio release to reach the top of the charts in America, and was the last released by the band before the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. The album is a reflection of the personal turmoil that the band members had been going through before and during its recording. For example, frontman Robert Plant and his wife had gone through a serious car accident, and their young son, Karac Plant, died from a stomach illness. All four band members also felt weary of dealing with record companies and other associates. Despite this, the release wound up being a huge commercial success, particularly in the United States (sitting at the #1 slot on Billboard's chart in just its second week on the chart).


1 Background 2 Packaging and artwork 3 Release and critical reception

3.1 Accolades

4 2015 reissue 5 Track listing

5.1 Standard edition 5.2 Deluxe edition bonus disc

6 Personnel 7 Charts

7.1 Weekly charts 7.2 Singles

8 Certifications 9 References 10 External links

Background[edit] The album was named by the group to describe its recent struggles amidst the death of Robert Plant's son Karac in 1977, and the taxation exile the band took from the UK. The exile resulted in the band being unable to tour on British soil for over two years, and trying to get back into the public mind was therefore like "trying to get in through the 'out' door."[1] In contrast to previous Led Zeppelin albums, In Through the Out Door features much greater influence on the part of bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones and vocalist Robert Plant, and relatively less from drummer John Bonham and guitarist Jimmy Page. Two songs from the album—"South Bound Saurez" and "All My Love"—were the only two original Led Zeppelin songs that Jimmy Page had no part in writing. With the exception of "Darlene," a boogie-woogie based song credited to all band members (which was eventually released on the 1982 album, Coda), Bonham did not receive writing credits for any of the songs recorded at Polar Studios. This diminished input by Page and Bonham is attributed to the two band members often not showing up on time at the recording studio, with Bonham struggling with alcoholism and Page battling heroin addiction.[2] As Jones said, "there were two distinct camps by then, and we [Plant and I] were in the relatively clean one."[3] Many of the songs were consequently put together by Plant and Jones during the day, with Page and Bonham adding their parts late at night.[4] According to Jones, this was

…mainly because I had a new toy. I had this big new keyboard. And Robert and I just got to rehearsals early, basically. [...] With Zeppelin writing, if you came up with good things, and everybody agreed that they were good things, they got used. There was no formula for writing. So Robert and I, by the time everybody turned up for rehearsals, we’d written three or four songs. So we started rehearsing those immediately, because they were something to be getting on with.[5]

Following the recording sessions at Polar Studios, the album was mixed at Page's personal studio at his home in Plumpton.[1] "Wearing and Tearing", "Ozone Baby" and "Darlene" were recorded during sessions for this album, but were dropped because of space constraints. All later appeared on Coda. Packaging and artwork[edit] The original album featured an unusual gimmick: the album had an outer sleeve which was made to look like a plain brown paper bag (reminiscent of similarly packaged bootleg album sleeves with the title rubber-stamped on it), and the inner sleeve featured black and white line artwork which, if washed with water, would become permanently fully coloured. There were also six different sleeves featuring a different pair of photos (one on each side), and the external brown paper sleeve meant that it was impossible for record buyers to tell which sleeve they were getting (there is actually a code on the spine of the album jacket which indicated which sleeve it was—this could sometimes be seen while the record was still sealed). The pictures all depicted the same scene in a bar (in which a man burns a Dear John letter), and each photo was taken from the separate point of view of someone who appeared in the other photos. The walls are covered with thousands of yellowed business cards and dollar bills. The photo session in a London studio was meant to look like a re-creation of the Old Absinthe House, in New Orleans, Louisiana.[6][7][8][9][10] The album artwork was designed by Hipgnosis. Storm Thorgerson recalls the design in his book Eye of the Storm:

The sepia quality was meant to evoke a non-specific past and to allow the brushstroke across the middle to be better rendered in colour and so make a contrast. This self same brushstroke was like the swish of a wiper across a wet windscreen, like a lick of fresh paint across a faded surface, a new look to an old scene, which was what Led Zeppelin told us about their album. A lick of fresh paint, as per Led Zeppelin, and the music on this album... It somehow grew in proportion and became six viewpoints of the same man in the bar, seen by the six other characters. Six different versions of the same image and six different covers.[11]


Did you ever notice you could affect the dust jacket by putting water on it? If you applied spittle to it or a bit of water, it would change colour, like a children's colouring book we based it on. But we didn't tell anybody. I don't think Zeppelin told anybody, either.[12]

In 1980, Hipgnosis were nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Album Package for In Through the Out Door.[13] Release and critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Aggregate scores

Source Rating

Metacritic 73/100[14]

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [15]

Classic Rock 7/10[16]

The Daily Telegraph [17]

Encyclopedia of Popular Music [18]

MusicHound Rock 4/5[19]

Pitchfork 8.0/10[20]

Q [21]

The Rolling Stone Album Guide [22]

Smash Hits 7/10[23]

The Village Voice B+[24]

The album was intended to be released before the band's twin concerts at Knebworth in 1979, but production delays meant that it was released shortly after their performances at this event. Plant jokingly referred to the delays at times during the performance on 4 August. The album went to No. 1 on Billboard's chart in its second week on the chart, reportedly selling 1.7 million copies within days of release.[25] On this album's release, Led Zeppelin's entire catalogue made the Billboard 200 between the weeks of 23 October and 3 November 1979, an unprecedented feat.[1] The album remained on the US top spot for seven weeks and sold three million copies by the end of September 1979.[26] It is also the Led Zeppelin album that has been most weeks on the top of the charts (tied along with Led Zeppelin II). To date, the album has sold six million copies in the US. In Through the Out Door divided contemporary critics and Led Zeppelin fans; some found its synthesizer-influenced music inevitable but forward-thinking while others felt the band had forsaken their heavy, fast sound.[27] According to Jimmy Page biographer Martin Power, "predictably, in the wake of punk, In Through the Out Door received a rough ride from some critics, with Zep's veteran status in the music business now used as a stick with which to beat them."[28] Rolling Stone reviewer Charles M. Young said Page's diminishing creativity resulted in little good material to work with for Plant, whose lyrics Young found inane, and Bonham, whose drumming was viewed as heavy handed. This brought to the forefront the keyboard playing of Jones, whom Young said "functions best behind Page, not in front of him".[29] Chris Bohn from Melody Maker said "the impressionable first play" of the record "had everyone in the office rolling around laughing", while accusing the band of being "totally out of touch" and "displaying the first intimations of mortality". By contrast, NME journalist Nick Kent argued that the album was "no epitaph", believing its "potential points of departure" deserved further listening.[28] Robert Christgau also wrote positively of the record in The Village Voice, observing the usual "lax in the lyrics department", but regarding the album as the group's best since Houses of the Holy (1973). He said "the tuneful synthesizer pomp on side two confirms my long-held belief that this is a real good art-rock band", while "the lollapalooza hooks on the first side confirms the world's long-held belief that this is a real good hard rock band."[24] Following the album's release, Plant, Page and Bonham all expressed reservations about the record. In 1990 Plant stated:

In Through The Out Door wasn't the greatest thing in the world, but at least we were trying to vary what we were doing, for our own integrity's sake. Of all the [Led Zeppelin] records, it's interesting but a bit sanitised because we hadn't been in the clamour and chaos for a long time. In '77, when I lost my boy, I didn't really want to go swinging around—"Hey hey mama say the way you move" didn't really have a great deal of import any more. In Through The Out Door is more conscientious and less animal.[30]

In a 1998 Guitar World magazine interview, Page was asked about the paradigm shift of the album's composition and style:

GW: I thought maybe you were losing your enthusiasm for the band. Page: Never. Never. In fact, Bonzo [i.e. drummer John Bonham] and I had already started discussing plans for a hard-driving rock album after that. We both felt that In Through the Out Door was a little soft. I was not really very keen on "All My Love". I was a little worried about the chorus. I could just imagine people doing the wave and all of that. And I thought, 'That is not us. That is not us.' In its place it was fine, but I would not have wanted to pursue that direction in the future.[31]

In the same interview Page explained that in juxtaposition to the previous Presence album, John Paul Jones was inspired to create new material from his recently purchased Yamaha GX-1 synthesizer, and he was "...working closely with Robert, which was something that had not happened before."[31] Page said in 2004, "we wanted, after In Through the Out Door, to make something hard-hitting and riff-based again. Of course, we never got to make that album."[32] He is also quoted as saying "It wasn't the most comfortable album. I think it was very transitional... a springboard for what could have been.[33] In Through the Out Door was Led Zeppelin's final album to be released while all the original members were still living. Drummer John Bonham died the next year on 25 September 1980. Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank

American Music Award United States Favorite Pop/Rock Album[34] 1980 Nominee

2015 reissue[edit] A remastered version of In Through the Out Door, along with Presence and Coda were reissued on 31 July 2015. The reissue comes in six formats: a standard CD edition, a deluxe two-CD edition, a standard LP version, a deluxe two-LP version, a super deluxe two-CD plus two-LP version with a hardback book, and as high resolution 96k/24-bit digital downloads. The deluxe and super deluxe editions feature bonus material containing alternative takes and previously unreleased songs, "Southbound Piano", "The Epic", "The Hook", and "Blot". The reissue was released with an inverted color version of the original album's artwork as its bonus disc's cover.[35] A replica of the brown bag and the colorable line drawing are included in this edition. Track listing[edit] All tracks written by John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, except where noted. Standard edition[edit]

Side one

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "In the Evening"   6:53

2. "South Bound Saurez"

Jones Plant


3. "Fool in the Rain"   6:10

4. "Hot Dog"

Page Plant


Side two

No. Title Writer(s) Length

5. "Carouselambra"   10:34

6. "All My Love"

Jones Plant


7. "I'm Gonna Crawl"   5:29

Deluxe edition bonus disc[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "In the Evening" (Rough mix)   6:54

2. "Southbound Piano" ("South Bound Saurez") (Rough mix)

Jones Plant


3. "Fool in the Rain" (Rough mix)   6:13

4. "Hot Dog" (Rough mix)

Page Plant


5. "The Epic" ("Carouselambra") (Rough mix)   10:48

6. "The Hook" ("All My Love") (Rough mix)

Jones Plant


7. "Blot" ("I'm Gonna Crawl") (Rough mix)   5:31

Total length: 42:49


John Bonham – drums and percussion John Paul Jones – bass guitar, mandolin, keyboards, synthesizer, piano Jimmy Page – electric and acoustic guitars, Gizmotron, production Robert Plant – lead vocals Barry Diament – mastering (original 1988 Compact Disc release) Peter Grant – executive producer Hipgnosis – record sleeve Leif Mases – engineering George Marino – remastered Compact Disc release John Davis[disambiguation needed] – remastered 2015 Compact Disc, vinyl and high-resolution digital download releases Jeff Ocheltree – drum tech for John Bonham Lennart Östlund – assistant engineering

Charts[edit] Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1979–80) Peak position

Australian KMR Albums Chart[citation needed] 3

Austrian Albums Chart[36] 15

Canadian RPM Albums Chart[37] 1

French Albums Chart[38] 7

Italian Albums Chart[39] 12

Japanese Albums Chart[40] 2

New Zealand Top 50 Albums Chart[41] 1

Norwegian Albums Chart[42] 14

Spanish Albums Chart[43] 5

Swedish Albums Chart[44] 17

UK Albums Chart[45] 1

US Billboard 200[46] 1

West German Albums Chart[47] 28

Chart (2015) Peak position

Swiss Albums Chart[48] 17


Year Single Chart Position

1980 "Fool in the Rain" Billboard Hot 100 21[49]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Argentina (CAPIF)[50] Gold 30,000^

Australia (ARIA)[51] 2× Platinum 140,000^

United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Platinum 300,000^

United States (RIAA)[53] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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External links[edit]

In Through the Out Door at MusicBrainz (list of releases) Images of the six covers Storm Thorgerson's official website – includes an In Through The Out Door feature Rick Barrett In Through The Out Door Album Covers

Preceded by The Best Disco Album in the World by various artists UK Albums Chart number one album 8–22 September 1979 Succeeded by The Pleasure Principle by Gary Numan

Preceded by Get the Knack by The Knack Billboard 200 number-one album 15 September – 2 November 1979 Succeeded by The Long Run by Eagles

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In Through the Out Door track listing


Side one

"In the Evening" "South Bound Saurez" "Fool in the Rain" "Hot Dog"

Side two

"Carouselambra" "All My Love" "I'm Gonna Crawl"

Deluxe edition

"Southbound Piano" "The Epic" "The Hook" "Blot"

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin IV Houses of the Holy Physical Graffiti Presence In Through the Out Door Coda

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Led Zeppelin

John Bonham John Paul Jones Jimmy Page Robert Plant

Studio albums

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin IV Houses of the Holy Physical Graffiti Presence In Through the Out Door Coda

Live albums

The Song Remains the Same BBC Sessions How the West Was Won Celebration Day


Profiled BBC Sessions The Best of Led Zeppelin Mothership Led Zeppelin Deluxe Edition

Boxed sets

Led Zeppelin Remasters Boxed Set 2 The Complete Studio Recordings Definitive Collection


"Good Times Bad Times" / "Communication Breakdown" "Whole Lotta Love" / "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)" "Immigrant Song" / "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do" "Black Dog" / "Misty Mountain Hop" "Rock and Roll" / "Four Sticks" "Over the Hills and Far Away" / "Dancing Days" "D'yer Mak'er" / "The Crunge" "Trampled Under Foot" / "Black Country Woman" "Candy Store Rock" / "Royal Orleans" "Fool in the Rain" / "Hot Dog" "Travelling Riverside Blues" "Baby Come On Home" "The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair"


The Song Remains the Same Led Zeppelin DVD Celebration Day


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